EastEnders star slams 'cretin' who tried to impersonate him on Instagram

EastEnders star Jake Wood discovered someone had been pretending to be him on Instagram.

The actor, who plays Max Branning in the BBC soap, then exposed the fake account.

In a post on the social media site, he wrote: ‘It has come to my attention that this cretin @mr_jakewood is messaging a lot of my followers pretending to be me. Please report & block. Thanks.’

It comes after Jake recently started posting direct messages that his followers had sent him on his main Instagram profile, and then replying to their questions.

One of his recent posts was a message from a follower which said: ‘if you reply to this I’ll get a tattoo that says stressed to the max’, which prompted Jake to respond with the caption: ‘Cool. photo please.’

Another fan message he shared was addressed to his character Max, who was one of the prime suspects during the storyline that saw Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) brutally attacked.

The message read: ‘Hi max just want to say if you killed Ian it’s not your fault he was being really rude.’ Jake commented: ‘Seems reasonable’, which led to Adam commenting ‘that’s fair’ on the post too.

Jake has already departed the soap after 15 years of playing Max, and last month he admitted his time on EastEnders has been a ‘life-changing’ experience.

He said at the time: ‘It’s a strange day for me, this – it’s my last on set. It’s my last day filming EastEnders after 15 years playing Max Branning. I’ll miss the place. It’s the people really, for me. I met some amazing people, made some amazing friends and had an incredible, life-changing experience.’

Thank you to everyone for all your messages of support and love. I’ve really appreciated all of that. Who knows what the future brings, but today we say goodbye to Max Branning. It’s a bit of a sad day but I wanted to share this with you.’

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